Enjoying the views at Karwar: The Great Arabian Sea Drive Day 16

karnataka, karwar

Karwar is another pretty beach town – one of those places you want to laze around in if you want to. You can stay on the beach side, or head out to some islands on a boat.

The state tourism brochures rate its beach as one of the most beautiful in the state – I would differ. It is just about fine. Perhaps the ones on the islands are better – my zoom lens certainly suggested so.

The Karwar town beach
The Karwar town beach

I went to a hill in the morning with a Durga temple on it. As well as the Sadashivgadh Hill Fort – except an arched gate and some wall, there is not much left of the fort. But the place offers some spectacular 360 degree views around.

The Durga Temple
The Durga Temple

About the fort: Built in 1715 by King Basavalinga of Sonda dynasty, who named it after his father Sadashiv (the suffix ‘gadh’ means fort). Maratha King Shivaji visited this place in 1665 and 1673 and captured this whole area.

The only remains of the fort
The only remains of the fort

The Durga Temple predates the fort – but the current structure was rebuilt and expanded by the Bhandari community in 1928 – their descendents continue to take care of the same.

Some views from atop the hill:

karnataka, karwar

karnataka, karwar

On top of the hill - this is a mock cannon, installed recently
On top of the hill - this is a mock cannon, installed recently

The brochures also tom-tom about a Naval museum; it is an open air one along the Karwar beach. It was closed in the morning, but did not look like much.

The Naval Museum in Karwar
The Naval Museum in Karwar

If you want to go for some water sports, take a boat to Devgadh island – or head on to Gokarna like I did.

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4 COMMENTS

  1. Sometimes i feel after going through all this Ajay ji do..
    i feel like i am in some kind of wrong business..
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    Thanks Ajay Ji for always giveing me hope by your sweet good photos & articals to travel more & more ,And see the world in real way,And not to forget its a best way of learning too..
    Love You Ajay Sir..

    Manish D.

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